Anxiety Treatment in Houston, Bellaire and West University, Texas
Anxiety is reported to impact nearly 40 million American adults each year, making it the most common psychiatric illness. We all experience anxiety from time-to-time, usually right before making a big decision, walking into a meeting or interview, or waiting to hear on an important issue. Constant anxiety is much different. This condition often worsens over time without treatment and interferes with a person’s daily life and relationships. Many sufferers cannot make it through the day without some level of panic and worry. Some cannot even leave their own homes. In these cases, treatment with talk therapy (psychotherapy) and/or anxiety medication may be necessary. Dr. Kathleen Yen, a board certified adult psychiatrist, offers anxiety treatments to patients in the Houston, Texas area.
What is an Adult Anxiety Disorder?
For about 18% of American adults, anxiety does not go away on its own. Their anxiety occurs on a regular basis and can range from mild to severe to debilitating. Certain individuals have mild anxiety that limits their work potential. Other individuals have severe anxiety that causes them to panic while flying, driving over a bridge or attempting to solve an issue. Certain people have anxiety so debilitating they cannot leave their homes and live a normal, happy life.
There are three common types of anxiety disorders found in adults. They include:
- Generalized anxiety disorder that causes fatigue, difficulty concentrating, irritability and restlessness
- Panic disorder that causes sudden and repeated attacks of fear, a feeling that a person is out of control and intense worry about when the next attack will happen
- Social anxiety disorder that causes high anxiety levels when meeting new people, feeling very self-conscious in front of others and becoming afraid of peoples’ judgment
Non-Medication Treatment Options for Anxiety
Anxiety is not treated with a one-size-fits-all approach. All adults require a customized approach that may or may not include anxiety medication. Countless people are unaware of the main triggers that cause anxiety and panic. Dr. Kathleen Yen is trained and experienced to ask specific questions in order to evaluate a patient’s fears, worries and negative feelings. Once the triggers are found, she will work with each patient to help the individual better rationalize and address his or her stressors.
Talk therapy is usually the first anxiety treatment prescribed to patients by Dr. Yen. Trained professionals have the ability to detect patterns of anxiety and help their patients understand their irrational thinking so a more balanced thought process can be achieved. Many patients find a good relationship with a psychiatrist can help them determine the root cause of their anxiety and how to cope with it on a daily basis.
Anxiety Medication as a Treatment Option
Certain patients seeking anxiety treatment in Houston, Texas will be ideal candidates for anxiety medication. These patients commonly include those with severe anxiety that disrupts daily life.
The correct medication will be selected by Dr. Yen after a thorough evaluation and discussion with each patient.
If you believe you require anxiety treatment in the Houston, Texas area in order to better handle your daily panic and worry, please contact Dr. Kathleen Yen to discuss the many benefits of treatment with and without anxiety medication.